Not that i would want my dogs to be in that position (ever), I'd like to think i would be able to protect them from danger, but do you think your dogs would protect you if you were in immediate danger or even alert you? Have have you ever been in that position? My male Lab would for sure always stays close on walks, he would make the right noises, and was quite protective when we got cornered by a herd of cows recently. Bitch lab, would make sure she was alright first!!